Agriculture Current Affair 15 June 2021

Monsoon covers two-third of India earlier than usual, to accelerate crop sowing

India’s annual monsoon rains have covered two-third of the country, nearly a fortnight ahead of the normal schedule, a weather department official said on Monday, adding that conditions are favourable for further advancement into the north-western parts this week.

The early arrival of monsoon rains in central and northern India will help farmers accelerate sowing of summer-sown crops such as paddy rice, cotton, soybean and pulses, and may boost crop yields too.

“Monsoon has already covered some parts of Punjab. Usually, it enters Punjab in the last week of June,” said an official at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), who declined to be named.

Govt suspends power of Cashew Export Promotion Council to issue certificate to avail sops

The government on Monday suspended the power of the Cashew Export Promotion Council to issue or renew Registration-Cum-Membership Certificate (RCMC) for cashew kernels, cashewnut shell liquid and kardanol and authorised the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) for the same.

Both the agencies are arms of the commerce and industry ministry.

“Cashew Export Promotion Council of India’s power to issue/renew RCMCs for products falling under their jurisdiction are suspended and APEDA is designated as the agency authorised to issue RCMC for cashew kernels, cashewnut shell liquid and kardanol, with immediate effect,” the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a public notice.

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